Year Released - 1995
Running Time - 108 minutes
Directed by Christian Duguay (Live Wire, Scanners 2 & 3, and The Art of War)
Written by Dan O'Bannon (the Alien films, including Alien vs Predator - The Return of the Living Dead, Lifeforce, Dead & Buried, Total Recall, and also Blue Thunder) and Miguel Tejada-Flores (Fright Night II, Beyond Re-Animator, Darkness)
*Based on the short story Second Variety by Philip K. Dick (Blade Runner, Total Recall, Paycheck, A Scanner Darkly)
Peter Weller (Robocop, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Naked Lunch)
Jennifer Ruben (Taryn from A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, The Doors, The Crush)
Roy Dupuis (Michael from the television series La Femme Nikita)
Rating: 3 Skulls
It's 2078 on the war-torn planet of Sirius 6B, and the man-eating mini-monsters created by Commander Hendrickson, to fight off the New Economic Block, have now become the biggest obstacle to a cease-fire.
Rating: 3 Skulls
In this sequel to the 1st Screamers, a team of rescuers from Earth responds to an SOS from an abandoned planet, only to find a motley crew of human survivors eking out an existence there.
But are these humans really human, or have the Screamers - the robotic killers that destroyed the other human inhabitants - simply morphed into human form to carry out an even more sinister mission?
Review: [for both films]
The 1st Screamers starts off on the planet Sirius 6B, in the year 2078, where for the last 50 years, the New Economic Block [N.E.B.] corporation has controlled all of the mining operations throughout the known solar system.
Twenty years prior, the N.E.B. discovered the solution to the world's energy crisis - Berynium - but they soon found out that mining Berynium unleashed lethal doses of radiation and pollution.
"The Alliance" - a federation of mine workers and scientists - demanded that the N.E.B. immediately stop all mining operations. The N.E.B.'s response was to declare all out war.
Soon enough, massive N.E.B. nuclear bombing raids decimated the civilian population of Sirius 6B and devastated the once beautiful planet. Thousands were killed by clouds of the deadly Berynium radiation.
Enter the Screamers - machines built by "The Alliance" to help against the war against the N.E.B.
They are called Screamers because of the ear-piercing scream that they produce en-route to destroy the enemy. Problem is, the Screamers have begun modifying themselves - not only that, they are breeding. . .
The 2nd Screamers - The Hunting - takes place 13 years after the events of the 1st film.
A rescue team is sent to Sirius 6B to see if there are any survivors left over from the war. Problem is, as they draw closer to the planet, they realize that a massive meteor storm is going to hit the planet in 6 days time - a storm big enough to destroy the planet completely.
En-route, we learn that one of the team members [Gina Holden] turned down an opportunity to command her own ship, to be a part of this rescue mission - if you've seen the 1st one, it is pretty obvious why. Speaking of obvious, you can see the end of this one coming from a mile away!
Still, both films are watchable and enjoyable, if you are a sci-fi fan.
Here are the trailers for both films [the 1st one cuts off before it ends - it was the only trailer I could find]